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Has Islam become irrelevant?

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Submitted by Greg (United States), Mar 15, 2006 at 11:40

There are many world religions whose central tenets are "Peace on Earth and respect for all living things"

Sorry...but Islam is NOT one of them.

Here are my key points:

1. There is absolutely NOTHING POSITIVE that Islam can add to the world's existing religions that is not already there.

2. Islam began as a clone of Judiasm and Chistianity, but has since turned against its origins (both in terms of practices and people) and has made jihad its centerpiece instead.

3. Only Muslims worship Allah. Allah in unlike any other god currently worshipped. Allah is definitely NOT the God of the Jews or Christians, and that, in itself, is problematic. HOWEVER, there would be no impending Armageddon if Allah's jihadists believed that their god UNEQUIVOCALLY forbade murder, incest, adultery, lying, and theft rather than encouraging and rewarding them.

In short, Muslim jihadists follow a reverse Ten Commandments if it furthers their "cause" and are the masters of "situational ethics.' In other words, there are no absolutes like Good or Evil -- they are all relative.

4. Finally, there is the question of their leader, and what lind of man he really was. There exists a major disconnect between how Muhammed is perceived now versus how he was perceived during his rise to prominence in the 7th Century, and between the way he is portrayed by different historians of various faiths, backgrounds, and agendas.

At one end of the spectrum, Muhammed is perceived as "the Perfect Human," a man who could do no wrong, and whose life all Muslims should emulate. At the other end of the spectrum, Muhammed is perceived as just a man, but an extraordinary one whose life should be reviled rather than revered given the long trail of tears he has left behind.

In conclusion, all of these points begs the question, "Does the world really need Islam?" when its very existence is threatened by it?

Muslims blame "Zionists" and the "West" for all their troubles when, in fact, they are mostly of their own making. The solution to their problems, and to the problem of "Sudden Jihadists," will take more than just tweaking the current teachings of Islam. How do you change a religion that does not permit any questioning or criticism of itself? How do you change the mindset of those who have been brainwashed into thinking they are the true believers of that religion?

All the mullahs, imams, and leaders must get together one day and reach the following conclusion:

There is but One God: the God of Abraham (the patriarch of Jews, Christians, and Muslims). All of God's children are created equal. God has a minimum set of rules that apply to all his children, and all are expected to follow them. No man can say that he "owns" the land that he stands upon, for the Earth belongs to God, and therefore, God is our landlord, and God has the final say on who should live there.
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